Myrna Melgar

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Myrna Melgar
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Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for the 7th District
Assumed office
January 8, 2021
Preceded byNorman Yee
Personal details
Born (1968-03-17) March 17, 1968 (age 54)
El Salvador
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Residence(s)San Francisco, California
Alma materExcelsior College,
Columbia University
OccupationPolitician
WebsiteBoard of Supervisors District 7 website

Myrna Melgar (born March 17, 1968) is an American politician currently serving as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for District 7 since January 8, 2021.[1] Melgar is the first woman elected to represent District 7. Additionally, she is the first Jewish Latina to serve on the Board of Supervisors after the implementation of District elections in 2004.[2]

Biography[edit]

Myrna Elizabeth Melgar is an American politician from San Francisco, currently representing District 7, which includes over 30 separate neighborhoods West of Twin Peak. These diverse regions include several college campuses, attractions, and other public facilities, such as SF State University, SF City Colleges’ main campus, UCSF Parnassus, and the SF Zoo.[3]

Melgar resides in the Ingleside Terraces neighborhood with her partner, Environmental Attorney Sean H. Donahue, and three daughters.

Early Life & Education[edit]

Melgar was born in El Salvador. Her family fled during the Salvadoran Civil War when she was 12 and settled in San Francisco. Later on, she attended San Francisco State University and graduated from Excelsior College, earning a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a master's degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Myrna formerly worked as the executive director of the Jamestown Community Center, Deputy Director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, Director of Homeownership Programs at the Mayor's Office of Housing during the Newsom Administration, and served as President of the City Planning Commission and Vice President of the Building Inspection Commission. Melgar also served as a legislative aid to Eric Mar.[4]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

Melgar was elected Supervisor for District 7 on November 3, 2020, with 18,561 total votes after ranked-choice allocations, garnering 53.1% of the vote.[5] She was sworn into office on January 8, 2021, replacing former Supervisor and President of the Board Norman Yee, who endorsed her as his successor.[6]

Melgar chairs the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Board and serves on the Youth, Young Adult, and Families Committee, and the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. Melgar is also a Commissioner for the County Transportation Authority, Bay Area Air Quality District, and the First Five Commission.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Melgar has been active on transportation issues, including the expansion of the "Free Muni for Youth" program to all youth in August 2021.[8] Melgar is also working to reinstate pre-pandemic transit lines while prioritizing community needs to develop the best bus routes that equitably reach all neighborhoods in San Francisco.[9]

Housing[edit]

In 2022, Melgar, along with Supervisor Gordon Mar, co-sponsored a hearing on the San Francisco Housing Element to avoid relinquishing control of planning and housing development to the State of California. Melgar was also instrumental in the passage of the four-plex legislation that passed the full board in October 2022.[10] In 2021, Melgar was among the members of the Board of Supervisors who voted to block construction of a 495-unit apartment building (with 25% affordable housing) on the site of a valet parking lot. The controversial vote prompted an investigation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by California state officials.[11]

Policing & Public Safety[edit]

In 2022, Melgar championed efforts to increase public safety in her district by advocating for additional funding for the ambassador program. Working with Mayor London Breed, Melgar successfully secured funding for additional community ambassadors in the West Portal, Inner Sunset, and Ocean Avenue neighborhoods.

Women's Rights[edit]

In 2021, Melgar spoke out against the dominance of male colleagues at the Board of Supervisors.,[12] publishing a report on the discrepancy between interruptions as well as length of comment for male and female members of the Board of Supervisors. Later that year, Melgar co-sponsored legislation to require sick leave for nannies, cleaners, and gardeners. She has also supported the ordinance that will amend the Police code to provide domestic workers’ with access to a portable Paid Sick Leave (PSL) system, which would also require hiring bodies that do not offer PSL to grant PSL payment to those with the portable system.[13] In 2022, Melgar introduced legislation to include pregnancy status in nondiscrimination requirements for housing.[14]

Families & Youth[edit]

Melgar continues to be an advocate for San Francisco's youth and families, supporting several pieces of legislation that provide financial aid or developing programs, services, and planning strategies to strengthen the City’s services for children, youth, and families. Some of Melgar’s efforts can be noted through her support of the Charter Amendment to establish a Student Access Fund.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District 7 | Board of Supervisors". sfbos.org. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  2. ^ Mirsky, Maya (2020-12-22). "SF Board of Supervisors welcomes first Jewish Latina, an immigrant from El Salvador". J. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  3. ^ https://sfbos.org/supervisor-melgar-district-7
  4. ^ Knight, Heather (2012-03-29). "Friend of Mirkarimi's wife: family 'destroyed'". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  5. ^ "Myrna Melgar". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  6. ^ "Former Supervisor Yee - District 7 | Board of Supervisors".
  7. ^ "Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District | Golden Gate". www.goldengate.org. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  8. ^ "Youth Can Ride SF Muni for Free Starting Mid-August". KQED. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  9. ^ https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4769899&GUID=0F0811E2-3AD6-40A1-9AB7-FDC5F963AB91&Options=&Search=
  10. ^ https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5154059&GUID=16512C0C-E2D2-4D9E-A03B-7A4E5BFA465C&Options=&Search=
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrna_Melgar#cite_note-8
  12. ^ Knight, Heather (2021-03-24). "'No surprise': Data shows men on S.F. board of supes dominate discussions, interrupt more". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  13. ^ https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5199187&GUID=D3FC92DB-080D-4993-A189-E53210AC99D6&Options=&Search=
  14. ^ https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5892865&GUID=FFC97530-7B04-42FC-AA62-ACB6C893A9F8&Options=&Search=
  15. ^ https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5664063&GUID=E4F65B22-585B-4D2B-9015-8786006CCBDC&Options=&Search=

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